Virat Kohli

India|Top order Batter
Virat Kohli
INTL CAREER: 2008 - 2024
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Full Name

Virat Kohli

Born

November 05, 1988, Delhi

Age

35y 108d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium

Playing Role

Top order Batter

India has given to the world many a great cricketer but perhaps none as ambitious as Virat Kohli. To meet his ambition, Kohli employed the technical assiduousness of Sachin Tendulkar and fitness that was in the league of top athletes in the world, not just cricketers. As a result, Kohli became the most consistent all-format accumulator of his time, making jaw-dropping chases look easy, and finding, in his own words, the safest possible way to score runs. Plenty of them.

This ambition transferred seamlessly to his captaincy: he demanded more than ever of his bowlers especially the quick ones, often sacrificed a batsman for bowling depth, and led India to a long stay at No. 1 in Test rankings and a first-ever series win in Australia. He is well on his way to end up as India's most successful Test captain.

Barring one in Bangladesh, Kohli scored Test hundreds in and against every country he played. He absolutely smashed records for number of matches taken to reach eight, nine, ten and eleven thousand ODI runs. He was a genuine threat to Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI and 51 Test hundreds.

An Under-19 world Cup-winning captain, when he burst onto the scene, Kohli was a precocious talent with a cover drive to kill for. He was destined to be India's next big batsman as the Tendulkar era began to retire, but Kohli wanted to be more: a cricketer whom the opposition would be in awe of, a cricketer whose presence would raise the intensity of the contest. He lived every ball, competed each moment, and made sure he had the fitness and strength to do so. He was widely credited for changing the fitness culture in Indian cricket, introducing endurance tests as a criterion for selection.

Kohli was quite simply India's most powerful captain. Centre of every marketing campaign for Indian cricket, he also happened to lead at a time when the BCCI was run by interim administrators who knew better than to draw the ire of Indian cricket's biggest star. There was never any cause to doubt his intent: to do things that will win matches for India, which they did plenty under him.

Virat Kohli Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests113191118848254*49.151592455.562930991261110
ODIs292280441384818358.671479793.58507212941511510
T20Is117109314037122*51.752922138.15137361117520
FC1452391811097254*50.211982755.9636381304411420
List A326313471529018357.481633393.61548014581751690
T20s3763596811994122*41.218989133.4289110743711720

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests11311175840---2.88-000
ODIs2925066268051/131/13136.006.16132.4000
T20Is1171315220441/131/1351.008.0538.0000
FC1452564333831/192/42112.663.15214.3000
List A3265772674151/131/13148.206.12145.2000
T20s3764546066782/252/2583.378.7057.5000
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Virat Kohli leads the team talk
Virat Kohli was dismissed for duck for the first time in T20Is
Look who's here: Rishabh Pant joins the Indian team in a nets session
Virat Kohli marked his T20I comeback with an attractive cameo
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Virat Kohli put on 57 off just 28 balls
Virat Kohli dropped a catch, as the ball died on to him